Today, Monday 21st December 2020 is the Midwinter Solstice. It strikes me as weird that in some parts of the world it’s actually looked at as the first day of winter when, in my mind, it really does work better with early November as the start of winter and now being halfway between beginning and end. I like the link between the Sun and the … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Winter Solstice, a Moment to Stand Still and Look Ahead.
I will struggle to write this post, I know. You see, at the back of my happy and peaceful immediate, nuclear family there is a wider and far less peaceful extended family. Where my personal home is calm, happy and full of the joys of the season, there’s a rift in the extended family caused by a difference in belief. And I don’t think that’s … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent 4 Peace.
On December 19th 1843, a small, slim volume of a book was published. With a red cloth cover, gilt edgings and priced at five shillings, the cost of printing had to be born by Dickens himself. His Publishers, shy after the woeful success (or lack of it) of Martin Chuzzlewit, refused to pay for the printing. Only 6,000 copies were printed in that first run. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Spirits of All Three Shall Live Within Me
It’s one of those magical things about Christmas, that sometimes the things you remember most are not the things you’d expect to remember. I mean, I can remember very few presents that I was given as a child, and very little about what anyone else got, but I can remember memories of particular moments. I remember some of the big films that were on on … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020 : Get Board not Bored.
Happy Birthday to Beethoven! 250 years old today, and still looking absolutely fabulous on it! Today’s post is focusing on boosting your physical environment ready for Christmas. Today and tomorrow are just long enough away from Christmas itself to not yet have you completely in the holiday spirit and close enough that a darn good clean now will see you through until post-Christmas, when a … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate
Charity is the act of extending love and kindness to others unconditionally. It’s a good thing: it makes us altruistic, encourages us to think of others and helps us also to see how lucky we are (to appreciate our privilege). In modern translations of the Bible, St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity
2020 has been the year of the zoom call or the phone, hasn’t it? From schools to work to hospitals to almost any branch of industry, commerce or business you care to mention we have been stuck on phone calls for ages, it seems. From 1876 and his first command of ‘Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you’, the invention of Alexander Graham … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.
We’re half way there, and definitely living on a prayer this year. Today it’s Monday, and in my childhood was traditionally the day we were allowed to start thinking of Christmas because my younger brother had the misfortune to be born in December (My three brothers organised life well: Eldest born in October, Second in November, Youngest in December. It was like a ready made … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.